April Ashland

Reporter

April worked first as a social media intern for Utah Public Radio, from January to December 2012. She then graduated from Utah State University with a B.S. in Journalism, and managed the UPR website and social media for a year. Now, she reports- which is her first love in life- while keeping half an eye on the website.

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StoryCorps
4:35 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

Growing Up In The Great Depression

Wilma Angius recorded her story 48 hours before she died, sharing her experience during World War 2 with her daughter.
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Robust and healthy in appearance, 94-year-old Rockville, Utah resident Wilma Angius talked with her daughter Kate Starling, about growing up in rural Missouri during the depression. Wilma revealed an unexpected personal experience she had during World War 2.

Wilma grew up on a farm just across the Missouri river from Glasgow, Missouri. She said the town had about 2,000 people, and is where her family would go for supplies.

Listen to Wilma's story

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StoryCorps
10:57 am
Fri November 15, 2013

The New Animal Sanctuary: Founding Best Friends Animal Society

Francis Battista and Cyrus Mejía discuss the founding of Best Friends Animal Society.
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Francis Battista (68) talks with his friend and colleague Cyrus Mejía (66) about founding the animal sanctuary Best Friends Animal Society.  He talks about the beginnings of the shelter, the ethics it was founded upon, and events that have put Best Friends in the national spotlight as a model for animal rescue work.

MEJIA: At some point, we started getting a whole lot more animals, because we took on animal control.

BATTISTA: The way it happened was this: We arrived and amongst the group of us, we had about 200 animals with us. One of our dogs wandered off, this was shortly after we got there. One of our colleagues went looking for his dog which had been lost, and he went to the local pound, which was basically a tin-roof shed, in a field, in the back of the airport.

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StoryCorps
1:36 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Activists for Polygamy: We are not Victims

Priscilla and Marlyne Hammon are polygamist activists.
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Priscilla and Marlyne Hammon are sisters, who married the brothers who talked last week on StoryCorps. They two now discuss how laws against polygamists have affected their lives and how they became activists for plural marriage.

PRISCILLA: Marlyne and I consider ourselves full sisters, but there's something interesting about us because while we share the same father, we both have different mothers, so we grew up having five mothers in our home, which was a very positive experience for us, unlike so much negativity that you hear about polygamy. Our experience was totally different.

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StoryCorps
7:29 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Good blood: a life saved at Dixie

Thomas Taylor was interviewed by StoryCorps booth worker Olivia about Chelsea Bundy, a young girl he met during his time at Dixie Regional Medical Center.
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Chelsea Bundy was a 3-year-old girl from St. George when she met Thomas Taylor. Taylor worked at Dixie Regional medical Center. He came to the StoryCorps booth in St. George to tell her story.

Chelsea was at a family outing when she was hit by one of her cousins driving an ATV- crushed between a fire hydrant and the ATV. She was rushed to the hospital, where she was in critical condition.

"She arrived at the hospital, she was unconscious, very pale. Her tummy was starting to swell because there was some internal bleeding," Taylor said. "The ER doctor said she probably was not going to survive."

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StoryCorps
10:04 am
Thu October 3, 2013

The not-so-distant past of Dixie Regional Medical Center

Terri and Ron went to the StoryCorps booth together to talk about the history of Dixie Regional Medical Center.
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Terri Kane, CEO of Dixie Regional Medical Center interviewed Ron Metcalf, chairman of the Center's board,  about the history of the Dixie Regional Medical Center- and the years before it was known as such. Metcalf's family moved to St. George in the '60s, and his family has been involved with the hospital since.

St. George was a dry and desolate area, in the eyes of young Metcalf. His father owned a mortuary in town, and since the town didn't have an ambulance, his father was asked to provide one.

"They asked the mortuaries to provide the ambulance service simply because the mortuaries had the vehicles, they had the equipment and had stretchers they would use  in their profession. This lent itself to being able to help people when the need arose in an emergency," Metcalf said.

Listen to Ron and Terri's interview.

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StoryCorps
10:43 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Running as a fireman: Remembering Sept. 11 all year, every year.

Fireman Rob and his fiance Nicole Maley tell Rob's story of why he wears fireman gear in his races.
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Robert Verhelst ran the St. George Ironman in May. He runs many full and half Ironmans in full firefighter gear, which weighs 50 pounds,  as a token of remembrance for Sept. 11, 2001.

In 2001 Rob did 8 days of search and recovery under the wreckage of the Twin Towers. He said he still remembers what it was like.

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UPR Station News
12:52 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

UPR to have benefit dinner at Angie's

Credit KILEE QUIGLEY, ANGIE'S

Join UPR on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at Angie's for special menu options, a chance to meet the Utah Public Radio Staff and to give back.

From 5 to 10 p.m., 20 percent of all menu purchases will be donated to UPR. Choose from Angie's usual menu, or one of four specials:

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StoryCorps
10:23 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Home at last: The story of one family's search for a home

Sonya Gelter (left) and Lil Barron talk about Sonya's experience finding and receiving a home from Habitat for Humanity
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Sonya Gelter is a single mom of five children, and she was the recipient of a zero-percent loan for a Habitat for Humanity home. She was interviewed by Lil Barron, a Habitat for Humanity employee, in the booth at StoryCorps.

"I was just getting divorced. I had five children, and we were on our way to losing a home," Sonya said of her life just prior to her Habitat for Humanity experience. "I didn't know what to do, or where to go. I had these five kids, my youngest, the twins, were a year and a half old."

Listen to Sonya's story.

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StoryCorps
7:34 am
Thu August 29, 2013

A Family Tale of Education And Childbirth

St. George Mayor Daniel McArthur and his wife talk about their children and educations.

Daniel and Bunny McArthur tell the story of their experiences in childbirth. Then, after the youngest of 6 children was in kindergarten, Bunny decided to finish college- at the same time as 3 of her children.

"All the rest of our children were miracle babies. Jeff was 3 weeks early, we didn't know anything wrong," Daniel said.

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StoryCorps Segments
4:04 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Living Life On A Reservation: The Story Of A Paiute Indian

Mike Empey speaks with his friend Glenn Rogers about what he has learned as a member of the Shivwits Band of Paiutes. Rogers remembers spending his early years getting an education in a small community where he was a minority. He continues to work with Paiute Indians to help educate and improve the quality of life on the reservation.

Listen to the entire discussion.

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